Computer Mentors works to build opportunity through expertise for the underserved youth of our community. By establishing and building upon a fundamental skillset covering programming, entrepreneurism, public speaking, and more; Computer Mentors gives its students the tools and talent they need to become savvy, self-starting achievers in a tech-centric world.
Computer Mentors empowers our students by giving them the real-world experience they need to pursue and succeed in the future’s tech jobs. Through our various programs we impart the skills that students need to stay competitive in the IT sector including: computer programming, web development, robotics programming, videography, public speaking, and business strategy.
Not everyone is born into this world with equal opportunities. Our job is to even the playing field through providing our students with the most up-to-date learning experiences possible and the skillset they can use to better their personal and professional position.
We accomplish this through a sequence of programs that foster a love of technology and professional development in our students from an early age. Through high school and beyond we refine and build upon these foundational lessons, and provide our students with the drive and opportunity they need to succeed.
Our organization teaches the importance of perseverance and community development. We work with leading technology companies and industry experts to encourage our students to improve their life circumstance. We do this by sharing technology resources that help them to develop a professional skillset that will help them secure quality employment and gain real-world experiences by giving back to the community. When you choose to support Computer Mentors you know you’re making a difference.
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This is real work and this is where people can make a difference long-term. Computer Mentors is serving the community, serving the kids and it’s something you can see. It’s something you can participate in and something you can feel good about raising money for.
I have seen the impact of what the organization is doing with the youth. Computer Mentors is teaching people what to do with technology - and how to create it. Those skills that will also give those people a competitive edge when they are looking for employment, when they are continuing their education.
I believe in Computer Mentors because Computer Mentors believed in me. Long before Facebook and Myspace developed virtual space for social interaction, Computer Mentors established a safe place for minority and low-income students to collectively bridge the digital divide. The work of their instructors and volunteers has enhanced my life and I am forever grateful.
Computer Mentors cares about the future of our youth and understands that hard skills, such as coding, are crucial to the advancement of their careers,and is the type of skillset that keeps pushing innovation forward.
We provide a continuity of programs that help our students develop tech proficiency & problem solving skills from an early age, and encourage the self-starting, entrepreneurial mindset that will propel students to excel in college and earn a career in the IT industry.
Starting in middle school, our students are exposed to a cutting edge curriculum that equips them with scratch programming, web development, and robotics programming skills.
Kids Code scaffolds seamlessly into our high school program, the S.T.E.M. Corps; where students will expand upon their skill sets, earn important certifications, develop real-world projects for the community, gain leadership experience, and have internship & employment opportunity.
A Teen Business Challenge is an annual event that challenges all teens to uplift themselves and engage the market over an inspiring weekend of creation, competition and community.
Funded by U.S. Department of Labor, it’s a program targeting former youth offenders and giving them the opportunity to earn their GED while completing training and certification in IC3, Microsoft Office, and A+ Computer Hardware.
Our mentors are professionals who believe in empowering kids to become tomorrow’s IT talent. Each of our students are assigned a mentor to work closely with in a collaborative, safe environment where ideas prosper and the students’ professional potential is unveiled.
Ralph Smith, Computer Mentors Founder and current Executive Director, created Computer Mentors in 1997.
David Harris brings 14 years of education experience and seven years management experience to the STEM Corps High School Program.
Having worked in the nonprofit management sector since 2005, Courtney takes a special interest in entrepreneurship and economic development.
Meghan began at Computer Mentors in 2004, first as a student studying for her Microsoft Office Certification.
At Computer Mentors your involvement matters. Whether you are a student looking to expand your skill set, a volunteer seeking to give back to the community, or business interested in mentorship or sponsorship opportunities, there is a place for you at Computer Mentors.